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Sheet masking is a fun way to care for and nourish your skin. With the vast array of sheet masks available, I chose a whole bunch from Glow Theory. Here are my thoughts…

Coconut Milk Sheet Mask (Moisturising)

If you’re expecting the sweet smell of coconut on your face, don’t. This mask smells of anything but coconut. It did a good  job of moisturising my face (I used it after my skin started peeling after using the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial) as well as soothing my skin. The sheet mask itself is nicely saturated and once I had used it on my face, was able to use it on my neck and decolleté.
 
I used the rest of the serum in the packet for the next 2 nights and my skin was beautifully soft after each application and looked beautifully moisturised upon waking the next morning. I loved using this mask and the extra serum and it certainly lived up to its promise of moisturising my skin. Available for R35 from Glow Theory here.   
 

ILLI Lotus Moisture Mask 

This mask doesn’t smell particularly pretty or appealing, but I’m okay with that. I think because it’s exotic (there’s no english on the back of the mask’s packaging), I expect these sheet masks to enchant me. Anyway this Lotus mask says it will moisturise your face – and it did. Some sheet masks create pimples if I leave them on, but not this one. It moisturised my skin and left it glowing. It wasn’t as wet as the Coconut Milk Sheet Mask (above), but I used the serum for the next night, and it did a good job of moisturising my skin. There’s nothing else I can say about this mask, other than the fact that it did what it said it would. It didn’t blow my mind, and I won’t repurchase. Available for R40 from Glow Theory here

Tony Moly Real Nature Mask Sheet – Royal Jelly

iocio. R40 from Glow Theory here.
 

Tony Moly Pureness 100 Hyaluronic Acid – Hydrating

cdcdsd. R40 from Glow Theory here.
 

Tony Moly Pureness 100 Collagen Mask Sheet – Elasticity

This sheet mask smells nice, and it moisturised my skin. I applied it while watching 2 episodes of Big Mouth, went to sleep and woke up with glowing skin. Is it better than anything we have available in SA? I can’t say for certain butI can say that it’s fun to try different things. R40 from Glow Theory here.
 

Tony Moly Pureness 100 Snail Mask Sheet – Skin Irritation Care

I used this sheet mask one evening after I had exfoliated my skin, skin that wasn’t all that happy with me. I was a little apprehensive about putting snail gunk on my face – especially since the packaging has a giant, slimy snail plastered on the front – but the mask smelled pleasant and ended up soothing my skin. I was able to use the rest of the serum on my face for 2 nights afterwards. Will I buy it again? Probably not, as it didn’t make a huge overall difference to my skin. It was fun to try though. R40 from Glow Theory here.

White Milk Sheet Mask (Hydrating)

This is my favourite sheet mask of the lot. It smells lovely, and feels soothing and comforting. I left it on for 30 minutes and I was left with smooth, shiny and oh so comfortable, hydrated skin. I was able to use the remaining serum for another 2 nights. A definite winner for the affordability – R35 from Glow Theory here.   

Royal Jelly

Of all the sheet masks tested, this is my second favourite one.  It claims to nourish skin and reduce wrinkles. I was expecting it to smell heavenly, but it turns out that it’s fragrance free. I left it on for 30 minutes and I was left with perfectly hydrated and soft skin. There was enough serum in the packet to apply to my décolleté and for use another separate time. As for reducing wrinkles, I can’t say, but it was fun to use and hydrating on my skin.

Sheet masks are a fun way to amp up your skincare and address various concerns and I really enjoyed trying out these interesting K-beauty ones. Have you tried and loved any?

About 6 months ago, I ran into someone I knew and was amazed by her hair transformation. Whereas before her hair was frazzled because of constant heat styling, her hair was shiny and lustrous.

Obviously I asked her what her secret was. And I’m about to share it with you now: she said that every time she washed her hair, she applied coconut oil 10 minutes before and then style as usual. And that’s it.

I loved the simplicity and started to do it. I got good results, but I wanted great results. So I tweaked and perfected my routine. Here’s what I do:

Get ready for beautiful hair

  • Grab yourself some organic coconut oil (I got mine from Dis Chem here).
  • Heat it up. Regardless of the season, the heat opens up the cuticles and allows the oil to penetrate better.
  • Douse your hair in the oil, making sure to get all the hair covered but don’t go higher than midway. You don’t need to apply it to your roots, as roots are naturally oiler and healthier.
  • Tie your hair up, or pop a shower cap on, and leave it for as long as you can. The longer you leave the coconut oil on, the more it will condition your hair.
  • When you wash your hair, start by washing your ends first and then rinse. Then shampoo as normal, making sure to give those ends another wash.
  • Blow dry and style as normal, and your hair should be left looking gorgeous!

Remember, beautiful hair takes work. So try do this every time you wash – especially if your hair is on the damaged/weak side. I do it every time I wash my hair, and my hair is really shiny and looks très healthy.

Why coconut oil?

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids that nourish and moisturise the hair. Coconut oil’s structure allows it to penetrate hair in ways that other oils are not able to, which is why you’ll notice almost instant results. It’s especially useful on damaged hair because it helps protect the hair shaft from becoming waterlogged, which can create further damage. It also increases shine and prevents frizz.

This is a beauty hack that I’m so happy I came across. I hope it’s helpful for you! Here’s to healthy, happy, shiny hair.

When I was in New York a while ago, I went on a natural beauty binge. I bought all the things. Seriously. Amongst the million beauty products that I had researched, a Burt’s Bees lip balm was on my list. Naturally, I got one, and a few other things too.

I love Burt’s Bees because on average 99.7% of their formulas are all natural. That means their products are ‘nasties’-free and I know that whatever I’m putting on my lips is good for them. They’re loaded with ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil and sunflower seed oil to name a few, and some are scented with peppermint oil.

What I love most about this natural beauty range, is that ingredients are community sourced (with half the beeswax coming from Tanzania and Uyowa) and that it is a home grown concept: a beekeeper and an artist left city life to live closer to nature in the wilds of Maine, USA. And through a serendipitous meeting, and a little leftover beeswax, Burt’s Bees was born. It was all based on the belief that nature has the best answers. And that no one can do everything, but everyone can do something.

They have also initiated a Bring Back the Bees Campaign – planting wildflowers, creating environments where bees can thrive.

Burt’s Bees also makes legendary hand, foot and body creams. Their Milk & Honey Body Lotion smells divine and never leaves a greasy film. It’s not a heavyweight lotion, so won’t be ideal if you’re looking for something creamier and more hydrating.

Their lip balms are well known and widely loved. From their lip balm sticks with flavours like Peppermint & Vitamin E, Mango and Coconut & Pear, to their classic lip balm in a tin, there is something for everyone.

Out of all the lip products, what’s my favourite? I absolutely love the Lip Shimmer in Strawberry. It’s minty fresh and makes your lips tingle. It’s perfect for on-the-go – you can’t mess it up (you never need a mirror). The pink colour is perfect and the formula is just the perfect amount of shimmer. It also has good staying power for a lip balm/shimmer hybrid. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it’s not as moisturizing as it could be. It’s a tiny bit grainy and not as smooth as you would expect a lip balm to be. That aside, another fabulous thing about this product is the price point. At R99 you can afford to have a few favourite colours in your handbag. The Lip Shimmers are available in 8 different colours.

Strawberry
We have most of these colours available in SA

All Burt’s Bees products are available at Takealot here.

Glam Glow Pout Mud

I’ve just returned from a 3 week cruise around the Mediterranean. Before I left, I went through a weird frenzy where I wanted to buy ALL the lip products for my trip (never mind that I have about 62 lip glosses/balms/oil). When I travel, I like to dial down my makeup routine and didn’t want to use the normal lip glosses I use for work – I was looking for something low key that I could just slap on, without looking too ‘done’. I found Glam Glow’s Pout Mud (Love Scene) at Woolies one day while I was browsing for a new fragrance.

Glam Glow says their Pout Muds give you sexy hydrated lips. And I can’t argue with that. The Moroccan Mint scented lip treatment left me with tingly, smooth, shiny, soft, hydrated & restored lips. 

 

Pout Mud pots are formulated with a cocktail of lip nourishing ingredients like Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Murumuru Butter, Shea Butter, Castor oil, Jojoba seed oil and beeswax

I love the packaging! Although a little cumbersome, the pot is easy to identify in your bag because of the shape, and the silver, snitch-like looking ball is cool. The only thing I didn’t like is that you have to open the pot and stick your finger in the actual balm. It’s not the worst, it’s just not the best. For every day use, I find the colour payoff too light, but I would definitely repurchase for travel. It’s ideal for when you want a little somethin’ somethin’, but not too much.

These cuties are available from Woolies for around R295.

Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eyeshadow Palette

As I mentioned above, before I went on the cruise, I went on a “I must replace most things in my makeup bag” mission. It was really quite a lot of fun, because how many times do we get to do that? We usually stick to the same products, and just replace the old ones when they run out. I wanted to get a new eyeshadow palette (because 4 neutral matte & shimmer palettes aren’t enough), and the Stila Matte ‘N Metal palette caught my eye. It has just the right mix of matte and shimmer shades in gorgeous colours like pink rose golds, cool-toned pewters and golden bronzes. I was a bit hesitant to part with R795 when I already have lot of similar shadows, and I read mixed reviews about why you don’t really need this palette in your life. But I’m so glad I got it. The packaging is luxe and pretty on the eye, it’s relatively smaller than the Naked palettes, travels better (even though I had to make sure it was cradled in my makeup bag so that if the luggage people got rowdy with my bags, no harm would come to my precious palette) and offers all the beautiful colours you need. You can easily create casual day time eyes as well as smouldering smokey looks. I say all the colours, but I think I need to say almost all the colours. The only colour I found myself reaching for was a light medium transition shade, but luckily my bronzer managed to double as that. I also like that it has a mixture of cool and warm toned shades.

All in all, I love this palette. If you want a neutral palette, but aren’t big into makeup, I think this palette would suit all your eyeshadow needs.

Do you change your makeup when you travel?

 

I am a lover of dry shampoo. I use it every day. Even when I’ve just finished washing, drying and styling my hair, I’ll put some in to give my hair some volume. I have to try hard not to use it. 

Can you relate?

I’ve tried many brands of the stuff, some dismal, some amazing. Go here to witness the show down between two of my preferred brands. I switch between Batiste and Colab (Moroccanoil too, but it just doesn’t make financial sense at the rate I go through the stuff) but I think I’ve added a new favourite to my repertoire. Why? 

  • It’s not as gritty as Batiste or Colab – sometimes I find my hair difficult to brush out when I use these brands. Not with Girlz only…
  • My hair is easy to brush out
  • It freshens up my hair instantly and I feel like I need to use less of it
  • It doesn’t leave a white residue (even if I spray it too close, the white patch is easy to brush out)
  • It’s more affordable than Batiste or Colab, which are priced at around R90, coming in at around R50. When you use it as much as I do, that makes a huge difference. 

The bottom line is that I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this brand, and I’m impressed by its quality and price point. If you’re a dry shampoo pro or a newbie, check this brand out. 

I tried Party Nights and Hazy Days . They both smell pretty, and I like that they have a range of different scents, as well as a dry shampoo for brunettes and one for blondes. I’m keen to try out the volumising kind, XXL.

The only downside to the this product (which comes off the back of the first pro listed above) is that because the product isn’t so gritty compared to Batiste or Colab, it’s almost not as effective. How I counter this is by using the different brands on alternating days, so there’s not a crazy build up.

Available at Clicks and Dis Chem. Find out more info online here.